Our Strategic Goals
Vision – To collectively form a living vision that embraces a culture of shared values and beliefs of all learners within the community of Central Auckland Specialist School
- Staff and the community will continue to evolve our shared vision and mission statements
- Procedures and operational systems will be developed to support the enactment of the schools vision
- Property and school environments will be developed and sustained to reflect our vision for learning at CASS
Pedagogy – To establish a pedagogical vision that reflects and monitors the differentiated learning needs of all students
- Students will continue to progress and achieve in their learning
- CASS will develop a local curriculum framework which links the New Zealand Curriculum ( including key competencies ) and IEPs
Leadership – To establish a strong and dynamic leadership team to lead CASS. To build capacity and capability of leaders at CASS
- Leaders have a high level of communication within and across teams
- Leaders will have a commitment to ongoing professional growth of themselves and others
All of our students are priority learners with high and complex needs. It is the role of our teachers to meet each student at their individual point of learning and deliver programmes based on the students’ Individual Education Plans. (I.E.P.) Our therapists (speech/ language, physio and occupation) have specialised ‘health –based’ expertise to prepare our students to access the curriculum. Our associate staff (teacher aides) support student learning in the classroom by following programmes of integrated teaching and therapy with our students.
ENGAGEMENT WITH OUR FAMILIES AND WHANAU
Our families are our whanau. When we enrol a student, we ‘enrol’ their family in whatever form that may take. It is all about those around each child who have a special role in their lives. We work closely with families and whanau formally through IEP meetings and reviews and informally virtually daily via text, email, phone, notebook or seesaw.
Family members are welcome in our school. We are so pleased when they are able to attend our school ‘events’ days and see how their child learns, engages and enjoys the many aspects of school.
DEVELOPING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Connecting with other organisations leads to greater opportunities for our students, resources for our school and wider awareness of our students as socially valorised individuals. The Cerebral Palsy Society partners with many of our families to provide vouchers for access to community activities. The Blind Foundation works with us to support teaching and learning through the ‘lens’ of students who have vision impairments. The Epilepsy Foundation funds a ‘Kindy Rock’ music/dance programme at school for our junior classes each week. Community Trusts fund technology resources for our students and contribute to a variety of ‘arts’ therapies.